Dickens Christmas Fair - 2011
Photographs by Rhett Redelings
by Rhett Redelings
About the Book
When I'm photographing an event, particularly one such as The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, where presentation and performance are critical to the experience, I'm always keen to try to find the genuine, human moments within the illusion. Occasionally, I will ask for a particularly compelling person to pose for me but more often, I prefer to remain invisible, taking a street photography approach; honoring my subjects as best I can.
I do not attempt to duplicate ore replicate the reality of the experience but instead try to create a kind of collaborative work with the subject and the environment, using a photographic equipment, opportunity and post-processing to, hopefully, bring out the best in all of us.
My humble and sincere thanks go out to everyone who works at every level each year to make the Dickens Christmas Fair such a delightful experience.
I was given my first camera when I was 10. It was a budget-friendly, yet fully manual 35mm SLR with a built-in light meter. I had my first photo credit in a professional publication when I was 12. It gave me an attitude and while I never gave up photography, I felt I'd learned all I needed to know, I seriously wondered if photography was or could be art and so I let it recede into the background of my life as I pursued the many of the other interests most people call growing up. It is, perhaps a ridiculous point of pride but most, if not all, of the optical characteristics in my photographs are done, not in Photoshop but in-camera. I do not use filters to make my work look like film, I just use film. While I own and use digital cameras and technologies, I feel I get more of what moves me in photography, from film and vintage, arcane and "low-fi" cameras. I am not interested in capturing reality, I am interested in creating something evocative, using reality as one ingredient.